Archive for November, 2013

Angel Olsen Is Not Forgotten

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The last number one of 2013 in the loop, before we begin our annual review, goes to American chanteuse Angel Olsen, taking a bit of a style twist from her folk-infused presentation last year by sounding like a songwriter circa the 90’s grunge era in “Forgiven/Forgotten”, the first taster from her second album “Burn Your Fire For No Witness”, ready to be released in early 2014.

Highest new entry is by the happily returned Prefab Sprout, next to new tracks by some of the strongest candidates to become album of the year such as Arcade Fire; Danny Brown Feat. Purity Ring or Janelle Monáe With Prince; as well as the brand new banger by Norwegian DJ Todd Terje.

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Snowbird’s Debut ‘Porcelain’ Is Our New #1


The Cocteau Twins legacy lives again in Simon Raymonde’s new venture Snowbird; his collaboration with singer/songwriter Stephanie Dorsen. Their first single together, ‘Porcelain’, tops the latest edition of our chart and confirms their collaboration as one of the albums to look forward to in 2014.

In a bumper edition for female artists, Neneh Cherry‘s return teaming up with Four Tet is the week’s highest entry, Solange; Marissa Nadler, Emily Jane White and the Jarvis Cocker penner new track by Clare Maguire are other strong debuts.

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William Onyeabor Gives Our Loop A Good Name

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A rare appearance on top by a reissue, Nigerian funk master William Onyeabor has seen his work rediscovered thanks to a terrific compilation by David Byrne’s label Luaka Bop. The infectious ‘Good Name’ brings some African heat to our loop.

Highest debut is the new offering by Angel Olsen, followed by Mapei; Throwing Muses; Dënver and Joanna Gruesome cover of Galaxy 500 classic ‘Tugboat’.

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Arcade Fire Reflekts On Afterlife

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As expected Arcade Fire‘s ‘Reflektor’ has conquered the world charts. The record’s second single, ‘Afterlife’, gets them back to top our loop this week; fresh from their YouTube awards much talked-about performance in which indie starlet Greta Gerwig danced to it.

Ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde’s new venture, Snowbird, is the highest debut, next to new tracks by Flume Feat. Ghostface Killa & Autre Ne Veut; Dum Dum Girls; Jon Talabot and one of the as yet unreleased tracks featured in Grizzly Bear‘s expanded reissue of their classic ‘Shields’.

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The Awards Season’s Race: Post LFF Shake-Up


As expected, the London Film Festival gave the UK the first proper taste of every big player in this year’s awards season that’s already premiered as well as throwing a few exclusives of its own. Consequently, our monitoring chart has experienced a big shake-up, signalled by the arrival of the three clear leads in the race until now: ‘Gravity’; “12 Years A Slave” and “Captain Phillips”, as well as the latest works from the Coen Brothers; Stephen Frears and Ashgar Farhadi, also likely to earn many a nomination. With such a incredibly packed programme we had to give some other equally resonating works a miss, among them ‘Saving Mr. Banks’; ‘Nebraska’; “All Is Lost’ and the Cannes Palme D’or winner “Blue is The Warmest Colour’, soon to be released in our screens.

Next to the big names, the festival was also a good showcase for some of the International submissions for the Academy’s Foreign Language Oscar. As well as Iran’s already mentioned choice, Farhadi’s ‘The Past’; other favourites in this category are Chile’s ‘Gloria’; Mexico’s ‘Heli’; Romania’s “Child Pose’; Cambodia’s ‘The Missing Picture’ or Palestine’s ‘Omar’.

We could make a third group of films composed mainly by arthouse gems not specially aiming at award recognition, but nevertheless likely to feature among the critics’ end of the year selections. Our favourites were such well received films as ‘The Selfish Giant’; ‘Like Father, Like Son’; ‘Strangers by the Lake’; festival winners ‘Ida’ and ‘My Fathers, My Mother & Me’; US Indies ‘Short Term 12’ and ‘The Spectacular Now’. All of them help reassure we are heading for another twelve months of excellent cinema.

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The Loop Surrenders To Magik Markers’ Bonfire

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Connecticut noise trio Magik Markers has inflamed this week’s loop with ‘Bonfire’, the first taster from their new record ‘Surrender To The Fantasy’

Luaka Bop’s discovery William Oneyabor is the highest new entry alongside the new songs by Blood Orange; Sky Ferreira; BFlecha; Mogwai and the surprisingly good collaboration between Eminem and Kendrick Lamar lifting the until now rather mild expectations for the arrival of the second instalment of the white rap superstar’s classic ‘Marshal Mathers’.

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